After 107 hours and 270 miles, Rhys Jenkins has completed the Death Valley Double - the double crossing of the Badwater Ultra Marathon route. The 28-year-old from Penarth, Wales set out with his brother, Scott, who completed the single crossing but was unable to finish the double due to injury.
Brit Conquers Death Valley Double
The brothers are raising funds for Operation Smile and Save the Children (to date £5,500 has been raised against a target of £10,000).
Rhys said of the challenge: “The final 30 miles, running into a stiff headwind was horrific! But these events for us are more 80% mental and 20% physical so it is about breaking each part down into small achievable goals and to dig deep and keep on moving one foot at a time. This all fuelled by Pringles, pizza, burgers and Nuun obviously. Ultimately it is only 4 days running, it is not a lifetime is it?!”
Scott added: “What Rhys has achieved is an amazing feat and I’m so proud to call him my brother. I am full of pride - his achievement to be the first British male to run the Death Valley Double despite a few set backs along the way like passing out and getting delirious is inspiring.”
Badwater Ultra Marathon exclusive member and famed ultra runner, Dean Karnazes paid tribute to the brothers on Facebook: “I think both of these guys are phenomenal!”